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Calcutta HC stays West Bengal Govt curbs on Durga idol immersion

A view of the Calcutta High Court.   | Photo Credit: The Hindu

The Calcutta High Court on Thursday issued a stay on the West Bengal government notification imposing curbs on Durga idol immersion on account of Muharram after 10 p.m. on September 30 (Vijay Dashami Day) and October 1.

Hearing three public interest litigation petitions, a Division Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Rakesh Tiwari and Justice Harish Tandon said that immersion would be allowed on all days as per almanac till 12 o'clock in the night.

The court asked the police administration to chart out separate route for processions for Durga idol immersion and Muharram. The matter, however, has not been disposed by the court.

During arguments in the Court Justice Tiwari wanted to know from counsel representing the State to come up with instances in the past where disturbances had erupted because of Durga Puja immersion and Muharram on the same day.

“If there is nothing in the past and you say I have apprehension or dream that some problem may occur. This will not do,” Justice Tiwari observed.

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